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Founded in 1796, Youngstown, Ohio, was for many years a small community hugging the banks of the Mahoning River. Although the area was an iron-producing region beginning in the early 19th century, it was steel that gave the Mahoning Valley and its largest city its signature identity. The images in this volume reflect the overwhelming presence of the steel industry and its enormous impact on the lives of the city's people. From the built environment to the neighborhoods, public buildings, and its very workplaces, steel was the lifeblood of this city. At its peak, Youngstown was the second-largest steel-producing region in the United States, and the mills lining the Mahoning River gave the area its sobriquet: "America's Ruhr Valley." Youngstown was indeed "built on steel."
ISBN: 9781467110914
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Ohio
Series: Images of America
Images: 234
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Donna M. DeBlasio is a professor of history and the director of the Center for Applied History at Youngstown State University. A native of Youngstown, she received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Youngstown State University and her PhD from Kent State University. She is the author or coauthor of several Arcadia publications, including Youngstown: Postcards from the Steel City, Youngstown State University: From YoCo to YSU (with Martha I. Pallante), and Images of America: Amherst (with Martha I. Pallante).
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